A lot of people haven’t heard of Sous Vide cooking yet; it hasn’t been something that was easy to do at home, and most of the restaurants that use the techniques are fairly expensive. A simple way to explain what it is is a way to slow cook your meat, similar to a crock pot, but retain all of the flavor, moistness, and juices. To do that, the meat is put into a vacuum sealed pouch and then the pouches are cooked at a certain temperature for an extended period. The cooking temperature is quite a bit lower than a crock pot, and your home doesn’t end up smelling awesome for 5 hours since the pouches are sealed.
Up until recently, it would have been difficult to cook this way because you’d have to design your system, heating elements, timer, the entire appliance. But now there are some convenient cookers that have the element, computer control, and circulation propeller all built in.
All that needs to be done for the home chef is set the time and temperature, and the Sous Vide cooker will take care of the rest. The cookers can be used in all kinds of different deep pans or even ice chests which are good since they’re insulated.
The only other important part of the method is vacuum packing your food and sealing it into the bag. If you’re new to the method and don’t want to invest a lot to get started, you can use zip-lock plastic bags and submerge them in water to squeeze out the air before sealing the bag. This works fairly well, but it isn’t as easy and convenient as a real vacuum sealing machine.
The Beauty Of The Sealed Bag Is Obvious When You Taste The Food
All of the rich flavor, spices, oils and proteins will be cooked to perfection, and everything will still be in the bag when it’s done the cooking. You’ll notice immediately how much better the food tastes, and since it’s been slow cooked, it will be as tender as any steak you’ve ever had.
Many chefs will also sear the outside of the steak, either by putting it on a hot grill for just a few seconds or use a special torch to make the outside crisper. The steak itself will be completely cooked through at an exact even temperature like you’ve never seen before. You can even leave the steaks in the cooker for hours longer than you’d planned and they won’t overcook.
Another advantage of Sous Vide cooking at home is that you can cook up a whole week’s worth of steaks, pork chops, chicken pieces and even vegetables, then freeze the sealed packages to be warmed up in the microwave later. You can have gourmet meals at work that you’ve pre-made in advance and just warm them up in the microwave, and they’re ready to eat.
Thanks to modern technology one of the best healthy ways to cook is now available with sous vide cooking at home. The machines are inexpensive and can be used in a variety of ways to make the best tasting steaks that you’ve ever eaten. Plus, you can cook for a huge number of people at once, and every steak will be perfectly done.